Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials tried to hack Indiana’s state electoral system while Mike Pence was governor, the Daily Caller has reported. The report says at least 14,800 “scans” or hits occurred between Nov. 1, 2016, and Dec. 16, 2016.
On Tuesday, Indiana Sec. of State Connie Lawson told the DC: “We know that between November 1 and December 16 we were scanned with about 14,800 scans, nearly 15,000 different times.”
Reportedly, former President Barack Obama wanted to increase federal involvement in Indiana and its local election systems by designating them as “critical infrastructure” for national security.
Indiana, along with Georgia, denied the DHS scans, which are not allowed without express approval, and the National Association of Secretaries of State is now asking President Trump to overturn the designation, altogether.
“We kindly declined assistance because we were very comfortable in the work we were doing in monitoring our election system,” Thomas Vessely, IT director for the Indiana secretary of state, said.
James Scott, a senior fellow at the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology, said that the government hacks could be attempts to impose censorship.
“Censorship has always been an issue in the brick-and-mortar world. So, censorship in the digital landscape is simply, just, transference of methods,” Scott said. “I think within federal agencies it is possible to imagine that there are some overreaching, aggressive managers.”
A DHS spokesperson told the DCNF: “We take the trust of our partners in the public and private sectors seriously and will work with them to address any concerns. DHS does not conduct scans of networks or systems without the cooperation and consent of the system owner.”
Georgia and Indiana are currently looking into the hacks further. A Georgia official said the DHS hacks were unsuccessful during the election.
H/T: Daily Caller
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